news from cobram community house
Cobram Community Christmas Gift Appeal
The Cobram Community Christmas Gift Appeal is running again in 2022. The Appeal, originally coordinated by the Uniting Church has been running for over 30 years. Cobram Community House took over the Appeal in 2021 to ensure its continuation.
The appeal provides Christmas gifts to children aged 0-12 in Cobram and the surrounding districts to support families experiencing hardship. Last year the Community Christmas Gift Appeal provided gifts to approximately one hundred and fifty children.
We are again inviting the community to support our Christmas Appeal. The following local businesses have generously agreed to be collection point for gifts – Bendigo Bank, Cobram Cinema and Barooga Aquatic and Recreation Centre. Members of the community are encouraged to donate unwrapped gifts for children up to the age of 12 at these locations or at Cobram Community House. The gifts will be distributed to families who need a helping hand at Christmas. We would appreciate if gifts could be dropped off by 6th December.
The Cobram Community Shower Program officially opened on 28th October, 2022.
Tha Cobram Lions Club and Cobram Community House have been working together to get a community shower program up and running for the most vulnerable in our community.
Flood impacted victims can also use this free service.
The shower program is open 2 mornings a week.
The service will be reliant on volunteers to run the program.
Wednesdays and Fridays
10.00am – 12 noon.
Killara House is the building on the left, just inside the Cobram Showgrounds, at the end of Bank Street.
Doug’s Christmas Day Lunch
We are glad to be able to put on Doug’s Christmas Day lunch again in 2022 at the Cobram Bowling Club.
There will be a few changes from previous years.
In 2022 there will be a $10 participation fee which must be paid before December 9th.
The event will alcohol free.
Registrations have commenced and payment can be made by coming into Cobram Community House.
We are seeking volunteers to help both beforehand and on December 25th. Please contact us if this volunteering opportunity interests you.
Ph: 03 5872 2224
Spring has sprung in our Community Garden.
So much colour and the vegetable beds are overflowing . A HUGE thank you to the students and staff of Cobram & District Specialist School who work so hard to keep everything beautiful.
Would you be interested in helping out with garden maintenance and watering during the school holidays?
Digital mentors have the valuable role of supporting people to learn new digital skills.
Working in partnership with the learner, a digital mentor listens for and creates teachable moments. The overall aim is to help learners feel more confident when using digital technology so they can feel more confident and empowered.
We have a FREE course to train digital mentors and you don’t need to be an IT expert to participate, you just need a willingness to learn how to support people, especially people 50+, to get online and use digital devices.
Do you have a family member, neighbour or friends that you would like to be able to support?
Talk to us about upcoming FREE training!
Join us at 11am on Friday October 21st at Cobram Community House to learn and explore at the “Try One Thing” Digital Safari and free sausage sizzle.
There will be activities, quizzes and small prizes.
11am – 2.30pm.
Ring us on 03 5872 2224 to R.S.V.P.
Our Get Online Week event is here to help you to become more familiar with digital tools.
Are you a carer? If so, you are invited to attend our “Caring for Carers” event.
Tax Help – 2022
Tax help is available at Cobram Community House from August 9th on Tuesday mornings. It is essential that appointments are made beforehand.
Please phone to make an appointment on 03 5872 2224.
NOTE: Each person using this service MUST have a MyGov account.
We can help you create a MyGov account before your appointment.
Tax help volunteers are people from within the community who give up their time each year. They are not ATO staff.
Our Tax help volunteers are only able to help with fairly straightforward tax returns.
Am I eligible for Tax Help?
You are eligible for Tax Help in if your income is around $60,000 or less for the income year and you did NOT:
- Work as a contractor, for example a contract cleaner or taxi driver
- Run a business, including as a sole trader
- Have partnership or trust matters
- Sell shares or an investment property
- Own a rental property
- Have capital gains tax (CGT)
- Receive royalties
- Receive distributions from a trust, other than a managed fund
- Receive foreign income, other than a foreign pension or annuity.
If our volunteers work out that you don’t need to lodge a tax return, they can help you complete a non-lodgment advice.
Volunteers are unable to help you with amendments.
Refugee Week at Cobram Community House
Interested people in our community are invited to this morning tea.
There will be displays and we will have a speaker who will talk about her experiences with refugees.
youth mental health first aid course
There is a Youth Mental Health First Aid course that we are delivering in June (29th and 30th June).
Anybody wishing to do the course will need to book and pay online.
Bookings can be made online at: https://www.trybooking.com/BZAAR
Bookings open on the 1st June 2022.
This course has been subsidised by Moira Live 4 Life partnership.
We have lots to offer…Take a look!
Brighten your day on Thursday Mornings at the free Chatty Cafe at Cobram Community House.
10.30 am – 11.30 am.
If you are new to town or live alone this may be an opportunity to meet and connect as it’s a great way to meet new people and enjoy a yarn in an informal community setting.
May 27th – June 3rd.
National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
At Cobram Community House on Friday, May 6th.